Play music in the background

You can listen to music uninterrupted while using other apps or when your screen is off, with a YouTube Music Premium membership. Start listening to a song or radio station and then use other apps or turn off your screen.

YouTube Music is all about music discovery of one of the richest music catalogs on earth. We’ve worked hard to create an ad-supported experience, offering the ability to search for and play any song on-demand.

The combination of both music on-demand and background play is largely considered a premium music listening feature reserved for the paid services. With this combination, we’ve made background play, ad-free, audio mode, and the ability to download videos offline, part of YouTube Music Premium membership. When you get a membership, you're helping to support the artists you love while unlocking great features.

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